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Other: i n r i 
Other: Inri 
Other: RongRong 
Active:  China
 
  
A collaborative partnership between RongRong (1968, China, Provinz Fujian, Zhangzhou) and Inri (1973, Japan, Kanagawa pre.)
RongRong started his career as an artist to explore a style of self-expression in the beginning of 90’s when the concept of photographic art had not prevailed in China yet. He moved to the East Village of Beijing in 1993. Through an active exchange with emerging artists from the same generation, he elaborated on an unique style of works both as a documentarist and an artist, which received high evaluation home and abroad. The self-published magazine by RongRong ‘NEWPHOTO’(1996-1998) brought a sensation for not only the readers but for the young artist also. Their works were introduced in the magazine with accompanying documentation. The magazine created a platform for the artists mutual understanding and eventually activating the art scene in China. Now the magazine assumes a significant role as a valuable archive for early works by those who emerged in late 90’s.
 
Inri started her carrier as an artist in the late 90’s in Japan and took portraits of performers including a contemporary dancer, Naoko Shirakawa and singer, Momoko Bitou. These portraits created an intensity only felt on the stage. In 1999 she first met RongRong during his stay in Japan whilst visiting a group show. They then started their relationship through photo-shooting without verbal communication. Since 2000 they have been collaborating as RongRong&inri, after 2002 they produced a series which feature their own lives.
 
Images in the well-known series‘Liulitun’were taken from around their residence which was under de-construction via government regulation. At the time the government called for their deportation for the purpose of regional development. Every image tells the story of the massive development project, some including self-portraiture works.The image of themselves standing with lilies in the ruined town speaks of their regret at parting, and, the resistance against the power in silence.
 
In the later series of “Caochandi” and “Three Shadows”, they recorded their personal history with their newly born children. These works are taken in the new land. These images not only overlap their turbulent days in China but reflect the decades of upheaval that China witnessed.
 
In 2006 RongRong&inri founded the private museum‘Three Shadows Photography Art Centre”in Caochangdi, Beijing. The building holds a gallery, library, accommodation for residencees, dark rooms, a café and restaurant. The centre plans photography exhibitions as well as related events to promote education on photography. They are open to the public and have enlisted international artists for residential program at the centre. In the spring 2010, they assigned with the photography festival in Arles France which has a history of 40 years. The festival was entitled ‘Caochangdi Photo Spring 2010 and got 5000 visitors for opening day. Daido Moriyama and Yoshinobu Araki also held their solo show in the centre. In the following months, the center received the first Japanese photographer, Ken Kitano for artist-in-residence program and hosted Kitano’s solo exhibition from July to August 2012.
 
(Courtesy of MEM, Tokyo, used with permission, 13 April 2012)

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Caochangdi, Beijing 2008 no.5 
2008
 
  
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i n r i
 
1973 Born in Kanagawa pre., Japan
1992 Certificate from the Nippon Photography Institut, Tokio, Japan
2000- Collaborative partnership with RongRong
2001 Kunst, Artist in Residence Program, Vienna, Austria
Lives and works in Beijing, China
 
RongRong
 
1968 Born in Zhangzhou city, Provinz Fujian, China
1986 Studied painting at the Fujian Industrial Art Institute
1992 Admission at the Central Industrial Art Institute (Beijing), Photography Department
2000- Collaborative partnership with i n r i
2001 Kunst, Artist in Residence Program, Vienna, Austria
Lives and works in Beijing, China
 
Solo exhibitions
 
2011 RongRong & inri, Michael Ku Gallery, Taibei
2011 Ruins Series: 1996-1998, Chambers Fine Art, Beijing
2011 Three Begets Ten Thousand Things: Photography by RongRong & Inri, Shiseido Gallery, Japan
2011 Three Begets Ten Thousand Things: Exhibition of Photography by RongRong & Inri, Blind Spot Gallery, Hong Kong
2010 Compound Eye, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen
2010 RongRong & inri, MEM, Japan
2010 RongRong & inri: Selections from the Three Shadows Collection, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing
2008 Rong Rong & inri: The Power of Ruins. Between Destruction and Construction, Casa Asia, Madrid and Barcelona, Spain
2008 Ruins to Renewal: Works by RongRong & inri, SF Cameraworks, San Francisco, USA
2008 From Six Mile Village to Three Shadows New Works by Rong Rong and inri, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing
2007 RongRong&inri, Rencontres d' Arles, France
2006 Liulitun, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
2006 RongRong & inri: The Third Space, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin I Beijing, Germany
2003 Rong Rong's East Village, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
2003 Tui-Transfiguration. The image world of RongRong & i n r i 1993-2003, 798 factory, Dashanzi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
 
Group exhibitions
 
2011 Interconnected: Selections from the Three Shadows Collection, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing
2011 New Photography from China, Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
2011 Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
2009 Third Guangdong International Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
2009 Europalia - International Art Festival, Brussels Art Museum, Belgium
2008 Right Hand, Left Hand - Couples in Contemporary Art, MOCA Shanghai
2008 Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu. Korea
2008 Lasst Hundert Blumen Blühen, Der Dresdner Kunstverein
2008 Dior & Chinese Artists, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
2007 Convection, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China
2007 Net: Re-imaginging Space, Time and Culture, Chambers Fineart, Beijing
2006 Inner Scopes, Shanghai Gallery of Art, Shanghai, China
2006 Intimate Beijing - Photography exhibition (China–Japan–Netherlands), 706 Factory, Beijing, China
2006 Another World - Photography from China, Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2006 China Now – Kunst in Zeiten des Umbruchs, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria
2006 Mahjong – Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2005 Mahjong – Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
2005 The Sacred and the Profane, Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin I Beijing, Berlin, Germany
2005 Über Schönheit, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2004 All Under Heaven, Museum van hedendaagse kunst antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
2004 Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, ICP and Asia Society, New York, USA
2004 Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China,Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
2004 Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China,Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, USA
2004 The Monk and the Demon, Musee d' art contemporain de Lyon, France
2001 Kunst, Artist In Residence Program Chinese Contemporary Photography, Halle Steinek, Vienna, Austria
2000 I giovani, il mondo de la fotografia. La Mostra Fotografica Internazionale, Alessandria, Italy
1999 Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the end of the Twentieth Century, Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
1999 La Biennale d' Issy, Paris, France
1997–1998 Contemporary Chinese Photography, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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